D-Starine (海豚星空号) is an NGO that, among leading other service projects dealing with disaster relief and community reconstruction, purchases pedigreed shepherding dogs to send to Tibetan herdsmen to increase pasturing efficiency. Learn more about D-Starine.
This blog entry concerns the good deeds of a recruiting firm. The boss of the company encouraged all the employees to buy teddy bears to raise money for village children. Then they gave all the teddy bears to the D-Starine team, which brought them to the Tibetan children. Because of the busy traffic during Spring Festival, half of the bears were unable to catch the Sichuan-Tibet expedition team, so they will have to wait until summer. But, the bears carried by the YuShu expedition team fortunately arrived on time.
These bears followed the expedition team visiting eight locations such as Guoqing Village, Xiwu Town, Lueduo Village, Bula Town, Jishi Town, Tongtianhe, Ganda village, etc. They gave the teddy bears not only to the children but also to the sick elders to bring them some warmth in the winter.
Please see the pictures below.
This Tibetan student, named SongZhou, was just admitted to a university. Her mother raised four children by relying on sewing clothes. She got a little financial help from the D-Starine Team. That may not help her much, but she really loves the teddy bear nonetheless.
This elderly lady is in the hospital; I met her during an IV procedure.
This lady had a stroke. She keeps herself occupied by changing the clothes for the teddy bear.
D-Starine (海豚星空号) is an NGO that is currently running the Working Dogs Program, which purchases pedigreed shepherding dogs to send to Tibetan herdsmen to increase pasturing efficiency as part of the NGO’s overall goals of disaster relief and community reconstruction. The following is a set of journal entries from the leader of D-Starine, Chris Yuan Yi, written during his most recent trip to deliver shepherding dogs to families in need. Learn more about D-Starine.
Here are some journal entries from our recent four-day expedition. The D-Starine logo always attracts people's attention, whether on the subway or the plane. The logo was originally intended just to represent unity and discipline, so I did not expect the logo to also play a role in advocacy...January 12
– On a night flight from Shanghai to Chengdu, two flight attendants started a friendly conversation with me. Others who start talking with our team members usually start by asking, "What does the dolphin symbol mean?"
Answering their questions, I shared about the children in Sichuan and the Yushu dog. The flight attendants replied that at their home in Chengdu, it is hard to find people who want to participate in public service activities. We looked through a lot of photos on my computer, chatted some more, and even took a photo together in the plane. Before, I didn't have a very good impression of China Eastern Airlines, but this changed my views completely. Air stewardesses also have to work hard! I hope we can have an expedition together one day. I was pleased to share the story of D-Starine with them; it seems that people from all walks of life can understand and appreciate our story. We have to work harder and create a better platform to deliver our services.
[Summary: D-Starine (海豚星空号) is an NGO that is currently running the Working Dogs Program, which purchases pedigreed shepherding dogs to send to Tibetan herdsmen to increase pasturing efficiency as part of the NGO’s overall goals of disaster relief and community reconstruction. Learn more about D-Starine here.]
Chris Yuan Yi, the leader of D-Starine, met with Ms. Viky, a staunch supporter of D-Starine. She was once an apparel designer, and D-Starine’s fantastic logo was designed free of cost by her company. She and her husband are fond of dogs and aspired to buy a Labrador to have it trained in Dog School, so they went to the D-Starine Working Dog program.
Mr. Wu, the administrative assistant of Shanghai Brilliant Dog School, which is the cooperative school of D-Starine, found a seven-month-old, black Labrador that was appropriately mild to be a canine aid for children with special needs. His name was Dingding, and he spent a great weekend with Viky’s family.
"Dear students, those who are willing to engage in the work of an NGO after graduation, please raise your hands." After asking, I looked around the classroom. Not a single hand was raised. Seeing this, I asked a slightly milder question. "Students who have any brief intention to join an NGO after graduation, please raise your hands."Again, there was an empty show of hands. However, I did not feel embarrassed at all. I asked one last question that made all the students reflect upon themselves. "Since you have never thought about doing so and you are not willing to do it, why do you come to school every day to attend these courses?"
It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was in a class open to the first year postgraduates at a university. These students came from all different kinds of majors, including ideology and politics, Chinese and foreign culture, international relations and so on. The course I was invited to start was The Operation and Management of Contemporary NGOs: Opportunities and Challenges. I prepared for this course with great care. I was not the teacher but only the guest, thus I paid more attention to the classroom interaction. The students responded to my questions in a very roundabout way. For them, their priority was to work for the government, or something like that. Only one or two students responded a bit positively.
Kangzhou is six years old and is the second child in her family. She has three other brothers and sisters. She was so attached to me, as if I were her father. Every time she saw me, she would ask for a hug. And every time I embraced her, she would snuggle up in my arms. She seemed to be so absorbed in her thoughts that she would never fall asleep.
Whenever I drove by her home, even if I was still hundreds of miles away, she would hear me, even if she was in bed, in her tent, or by the side of the river. She would then stagger to the middle of the road and look at me, with her hair blowing in the moment. I would roll down the car window and say hi to her, but she would always stick her face up to the window and ask for a kiss.